HORDES of helpers will be at hand to assist with money worries when the Financial Stress Help event is staged in Tamworth this afternoon.
Debts, bills and living expenses will be some of the issues on which people can receive advice or strategies.
About 40 people representing non-profit groups, financial counselling services, banks, energy companies, government, legal agencies and more will be available.
The free event will be held at Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC) as a precursor to a Financial Counsellors Association of NSW (FCAN) seminar.
FCAN executive officer Jo Parker said the group held its annual professional development conference in a regional area every second year.
"We recently decided to come to Tamworth ... because of the drought," she said.
"We thought we may as well go to a town or city or major area that might not be doing so well at the moment, and help out by bringing along all our members and sponsors."
Ms Parker said the three-day conference would bring about 250 visitors, most staying three nights or more.
The Financial Stress Help event is open to anyone with money worries.
"It could be due to changing family situations, loss of employment, insurance claims, a downturn in trade, sickness - anything short-term or long-term," Ms Parker said.
She gave the example of someone who "might have a big bill they think is out of the ordinary and they think, 'This will put me in financial stress if I try to pay this, but what are my options?'"
Even people who thought they were doing OK were welcome to come and make sure, she said.
"There are a lot of people out there on really low incomes who are really good budgeters, but sometimes it's nice to talk to a financial counsellor to see if you're doing all you can, or if there might be rebates you could access."
- Financial Stress Help will be at TRECC on Monday, September 9, 2pm-5pm